The revamped entertainment bill at Tring’s annual Christmas Festival worked its magic by pulling in crowds of 10,000 people on the night.
Mayor Roxanne Ransley joined winners of the Design A Light competition Cameron Todd Van Jaarsveld and Eleanor Jaques on stage –alongside Daisy the pantomime cow from the Court Theatre’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk – to switch on the town’s festive lights.
More than 50 retailers opened late for customer browsing and food, drink and gift stalls lined the High Street. Organisers Tring Together confirmed more than £14,000 was raised for local groups and charities.
Organiser Heather Simms said: “We were delighted with the way this year’s festival brought the community together to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.
“Our volunteers were fantastic in their support, and visitors and residents were made welcome wherever they went. Thank you to everyone who took part.”